The reason why the Raiders benched QB Jason Campbell

Campbell will be under center to start Sunday’s game in San Francisco

So, I watched the replay of the Raiders Chargers game last night, and I got it.  I know why Jason Campbell was benched earlier this season.

He does not throw to the wide receivers.

He targeted them only 7 times (by my count) over the last 3 quarters (minus the 1 possession for Gradkowski to begin the 2nd half).  And in the 2nd half specifically, he had time to throw as the offensive line did the best work they have done protecting the QB through five weeks.

I know how bad the line played in the first game and half.  Campbell was running for his life. When he did have time, though, he was throwing to running back Michael Bush and tight end Zach Miller primarily; not taking any chances at all.  And don’t think Gradkowski didn’t recognize that right away.  He immediately got Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey involved into the offense.  Bruce took chances to get them involved in the game and let their speed go to work.

Campbell was wondering this week that why people are frustrated with him and if it is not a result of how they felt about JaMarcus Russell.  That truly isn’t the case.   As the reason for this expressed frustration is we want our QB to run the offense to it’s full extent and not just travel down the easy avenue of “Simple Throw Lane”; the road which passes mainly to the running backs and tight ends, and not the wide receivers, throughout the entire course of a game.  Why don’t you get it, Jason?


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3 Responses to “The reason why the Raiders benched QB Jason Campbell”

  1. april says:

    Jason Campbell has not even been given a chance in this league. A more class act guy you will be hard pressed to find.
    The guys been running for his life since he entered the NFL. It began before the raiders. I say… “Jason just do what you know you can do… don’t be afraid to take chances!”

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Auburn Tigers represent!

  3. Yusuf says:

    The average pass in the NFL is about 7 yards, meaning most QBs target the short passes, whether it be to RB, TE, or WR. Unfortunately for the Raiders the better receiving match-ups are at the RB & TE positions.